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NEW MUSIC: Moko - Your Love.

From her incredible look (I mean, have pigtails ever looked this fabulous?!) and amazing dance moves, to her rich and mesmerizing vocals, Moko is absolutely flawless in this video for her Chase & Status-produced 90s dance music-sounding single Your Love.

The 22-year-old singer with a voice that sounds beyond her years was born Diane Nadia Adu-Gyamfi in London. She released her debut EP Black in 2013 and there’s no denying the heavy trip-hop influence on her four-track effort. If the year was 1991 instead of 2013, I’m pretty sure Massive Attack would have featured her on their iconic Blue Linesalbum that produced one of my favourite songs of all time

But the song that led to Moko’s rise in the UK was her feature on Chase & Status’ song Count on Methat shot to number one on the UK Dance charts and reached the number five position on the UK singles chart back in September 2013.

Since then, it’s all been uphill for Moko and I’m so eager to hear more from her.

This girl is going places.

Stream her Black EP here.

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NEW MUSIC: Patoranking ft Olamide - Bora (Freestyle 2014).

In this brand new freestyle by Nigerian reggae and dancehall artist Patoranking, he teams up with fellow artist Olamide to address something we haven’t seen a lot of Nigerian musicians do.

With reports naming Nigeria as the African country with the highest prevalence of skin bleaching on the continent, the growing demand in Kenya for harmful skin bleaching injections, the scandal caused in South Africa by singer Mshoza after she underwent a process to lighten her complexion, and after the controversial skin lightening product that Cameroonian singer Dencia released earlier this year, there’s no denying that skin bleaching is a major issue in Africa.

Using beats from Chris Brown’s ‘Loyal’ produced by Nic Nac, Patoranking’s take on the subject makes use of dark humour as he sings about some of the negatives of ‘Bora’ (the Yoruba term for skin bleaching).

Although a little odd lyrically in some areas, it’s still important in many ways to see artists use their platforms as a means of addressing societal issues.

NEW MUSIC: Sinarambo ft Davido - Wa Ba Mi Lo.

Never heard of Sinrambo before, now I see why. Also not a great sound for Davido, he’s much better off making his usual Naija-style music.

Definitely taking a pass on this one.

NEW MUSIC: MAVINS - DOROBUCCI ft Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, D’Prince, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello, Di’Ja.

One of the biggest songs of the year finally gets a video.

(they could have gotten better dancers though)

NEW MUSIC: Waje ft Tiwa Savage - Onye.

Anyone who knows me knows just how much, and how hard, I stan for Nigerian women in the music industry. Not only do many of them continuously put out fresh content, but when it comes to creativity, they rarely seem to lack in that department.

In the latest collaboration between Waje and recent MTV MAMA Award winner Tiwa Savage, they take their cues from both Western and traditional Nigerian influences putting a modern spin on the 1950s housewife trope and adding some flavour to something I’m referring to as the ‘pounded yam maiden’.

The result? Lots of humour, cuteness and pretty damn good acting.

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NEW MUSIC: Fuse ODG ft Sean Paul - Dangerous Love.

British-Ghanaian artist Fuse ODG teams up Jamaican musician Sean Paul for a hot summer track and music video shot in Miami.

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NEW MUSIC: Wizkid - Show You the Money.

We’re inclined to agree with ChristinaManch on twitter when it comes to WizKid's work ethic. With the number of singles and features he's churned out in recent months, you'd think the guy makes music in his sleep.

In his latest video, Wiz invites us to the neighborhood he grew up in in Lagos, Surulere, where he dons several dashikis, has an entourage of various dancers, and sprays money for people around him to catch. The video ends with someone unofficially naming him the ‘King of Surulere’. Wonder what Dr. SID would have to say about that.

And if the construction of this beat sounds familiar, that’s because it was produced by Shizzi, the same guy responsible for Davido’s hit dance anthem single ‘Skelewu’.

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NEW MUSIC: Ace - Jeje.

Following up from his 2013 single Dominate, Nigerian artist Ace delivers the track of the summer with his Fela-quoting Afrobeat-inspired jam song ‘Jeje’.

Combining the old and the new, musically and visually speaking, the video for ‘Jeje’ takes us through re-imagined hip and colourful party scenes of previous decades.

Definitely the best we’ve heard from Ace.

NEW MUSIC: Maleek Berry ft Wizkid - Feel Me.

Another collaboration between producer Maleek Berry and music wonder boy Wizkid.

NEW MUSIC: Y’AKOTO - Perfect Timing.

With a new album a little over a month away from release, German-Ghanaian singer Y’akoto (nee Jennifer Yaa Akoto Kieck) has given us our first taste of her sophomore effort Moody Blues with the single and accompanying video for her song ‘Perfect Timing’.

Coated with a little bit of modern jazz, a soulful blues-y essence and charming pop catchy-ness, the uber cute Y’akoto takes us on a mini-tour of Accra atop her road bike (BMX riders are becoming synonymous with the city), followed by a band of stylishly dressed followers as she relays a story of a lost opportunity for love, lots of bad luck and how she’s learned to let go.

Common in celebrating the release of his latest LP Nobody’s Smiling with a free album release party at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre on Monday, July 21st.

Details on entry here.

ISSUE Project Room & Pioneer Works Present:  Mahmoud Ahmed.

One of Africa’s leading musicians and a pioneer of theEthiopian music scene during its ‘golden age’ in the 60s-80s, Mahmoud Ahmed’s career has enjoyed longevity due to his blend of classic Ethiopian folk music styles with soul, jazz & funk, and of course the distinct and unbelievable talent embedded in his beautiful multi-octave voice.

Now, thanks to ISSUE Project Room and Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation, Mahmoud Ahmed will be performing live in Red Hook, Brooklyn—his first New York performance since 2011.

Additional supporting acts will be announced soon for this indoor/outdoor event, which opens ISSUE Project Room’s summer concert series in collaboration with Pioneer Works.

Listen to Mahmoud Ahmed sing ‘Yeshi Hargetu’.

Saturday July 26th (3-8pm)
159 Pioneer Street
Red Hook, Brooklyn

NEW MUSIC: SZA - Julia / (Tender).

Spotted SZA wearing a Bògòlanfini print jacket in this video, amongst other beautiful prints, patterns and fabulous bold jewelry.

NEW MUSIC: Purple Ferdinand - Wasn’t Taught Love.

British singer Purple Ferdinand is back with a brand new EP that she’s currently offering for free on her websiteWasn’t Taught Love is the latest video release from her Dragonfly EP, having released Birdsand Speak True- each being raw and highly emotional lullaby-like songs about love and heartache. It’s perhaps one of the most cohesive and striking EPs I’ve come across in a long time.

NEW MUSIC: ANDYBOI - Emhlabeni.

Some deep and soulful melodic house music from South African singer ANDYBOI.

ANDYBOI is signed to Soul Candi, the same record label that boasts the likes of Mi Casa, Euphonik, Crazy White Boy, Lulo Cafe and Qness.

His debut album Trail Evolution is out now in stores and on iTunes.